Again i am looking for opinions on my itinerary. I totally understand it is a jam packed Itinerary and I am looking for guideance and assistance not criticism of my trip (have just had a terrible experience on a different travel forum ). Any ideas will be totally helpful. First time in europe and I am travelling alone.
Day 1: Arrive London
Day 2 - 5: London (Plan to include a trip to Bath and Stonehenge in this time)
Day 6: Travel to Edinburgh
Day 7: Edinburgh
Day 8 -10: Macbackpackers Isle of Skye Trip
Day 11 Edinburgh
Day 12: Fly Edinburrgh to Belfast
Day 13: Belfast
Day 14: Travel Belfast to Dublin
Day 15 : Dublin
Day 16: Travel to Galway
Day 17: Galway
Day 18: travel to Cork
Day 19: Travel to Dublin
Day 20: Dublin
Day 21: Fly to barcelona
Day 22 - 24: Barcelona
Day 25: Travel to Avignon
Day 26: Avignon
Day 27: Travel to Nice
Day 28: Nice
Day 29: Travel to Florence
Day 30 - 32: Florence
Day 33: Travel to Rome
Day 34 - 36: Rome
day 37: travel to venice
day 38 - 39: Venice
Day 40: travel to Lucerne
day 41 -43: Lucerne
Day 44:travel to paris
Day 45 - 48: Paris
Day 49: Fly Home
I know they are all mostly major cities. I am willing and go away from major cities, this is just a rough timeline to see if it is do able!
Your itinerary is definitely jam-packed, but it's very do-able. My only concern is that you'll be spending just as much time travelling as you will at your destinations. If you're okay with that, then have at 'er
Stonehenge - I can't remember the name of the company I used, but you can book a day trip from London to Stonehenge with stops in Salisbury and Avebury. Small van, they pick you up at one of the major tube stations. Good way to go. Do an internet search and you'll find plenty of companies offering similar.
Northern Ireland - consider adding in Londonderry and the Giant's Causeway, both well worth a visit. Should be possible to see the causeway on a half-day trip from Belfast
If you need to cut anything out, personally, I would suggest Lucerne. It depends what you're looking for though. It's a beautiful city with a couple of nice museums, but I don't know that I'd want to spend more than a day there.
Thanks so much for the advice Jen,
I have been tosing up if I should go to Lucerne or not and how long for.
Day trip to Stonehenge sound like a great idea! Thank you and I will be sure to check out Giants Causeway also!!
Thanks Again! Heymem
I would love to do that trip.
If you find that Stonehenge + Avebury trip, I'd say go for that one, I've heard a few people say that Avebury had as much impact on them as Stonehenge but in a different way, and I agree.
Giant's Causeway - personally I think it's not worth the detour unless you have time to burn. If you do go, a lot of people combine it with a visit to the Bushmills distillery, and they say the new Giant's Causeway visitor centre isn't worth the money, you're better spending your time outside exploring the features.
Some of those "travel days" are an easy couple of hours journey that'll give you time to sightsee that day too.
Thank you thank you thank you!!! I have so much more confidence an faith in myself right now. Was really doubting the trip (my itinerary got torn to shreds on another forum sight) now I am all excited and can't wait to go!! Thanks so so much!
Don't doubt yourself - you've chosen some of the loveliest places on Earth to visit, and travel in Western Europe is pretty easy. I've been to all but four of your destinations and I don't think you'll have any problems, it all gets plenty of travellers through and you'll find English speakers all over the place.
Sorry to hear you had such a poor reception on another forum, Emily. That can really throw you for a loop when you're new to it all. You'll have a fantastic time, and as Andy said, Western Europe is pretty easy to get around. I've been to every place on your list except Barcelona. You chose your cities well
I'm not 100% positive, but I think this may be the company I went with for the day trip to Stonehenge: http://www.salisburyguidedtours.com/day-tours-from-london.htm (It was several years ago and for some reason I never wrote down the name of the company in my journal)
I loved Avebury. I can't really explain why, but it definitely stuck with me. Very neat little town and very different feel from Stonehenge.
you will just know by heart the train stations and airports of these cities by staying so little in each place. good luck.